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Press Release: DeSales University Kicks Off Holiday Season With 'Gaudeamus," Dec. 3, 4 & 5
Date: 11/22/2006

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DeSales University Kicks Off Holiday Season With 'Gaudeamus," Dec. 3, 4 & 5

DeSales University will present "Gaudeamus," its highly regarded annual Christmas program, at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, December 3, 4 and 5 respectively, in the Connelly Chapel at the Center Valley campus. The performance includes readings and music celebrating the season, and features the 50-voice DeSales University Chorale and the 35-voice Schola Cantorum under the direction of Steven Brennfleck, choral director at DeSales. The event is open to the public free of charge, but tickets are required. For tickets, contact Brennfleck at 610-282-1100, ext. 1751, or at Steven.Brennfleck@DeSales.edu.

Inspired by the famous "Service of Nine Lessons and Carols" of King's College, Cambridge, the program offers scripture readings, poetry and a dramatic reading of an excerpt from Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol." It also features music of American and British composers such as Britten, Cain, Matthias, Vaughan Williams and arrangements by Joseph Flummerfelt.

The Chorale will be joined by three guest artists: Baritone Justin Hopkins on Dec. 3 and 4, and Edward Bara on Dec. 5, in a performance of Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on Christmas Carols." Russell Jackson, organist and choirmaster at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, will serve as accompanist.

Led by Brennfleck, a native of N.J. and graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., the choral ensembles at DeSales are composed of students from all class years and academic majors.

For more information on the program or to reserve tickets, contact Steven Brennfleck, choral director at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1751, or at Steven.Brennfleck@desales.edu.

Press Release: DeSales University Kicks Off Holiday Season With 'Gaudeamus," Dec. 3, 4 & 5 | Posted on: 11/22/2006

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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